Schalke are eyeing Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez for next season.

The Mail on Sunday says he is the leading contender to take over at the Bundesliga club.

With the current ascendancy of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, who will contest the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25, Germany is now an increasingly attractive option for managers.

If Benitez makes the move, he would find himself pitting his wits against compatriot Pep Guardiola, who is joining Bayern Munich, adding to the Bundesliga's growth in global stature.